In November, CCRI’s Dan Keech will be participating in the ‘Er Indoors conference hosted by The Univeristy of Warwick’s Humanities Research Centre. Working with regular collaborator Prof Marc Redepenning from Otto-Friedrich Univeristy in Bamberg, Germany, their presentation will examine how small-scale, commercial market gardening in Bamberg and Bath – two UNESCO World Heritage Cities – are positioned between larger, field-scale industrial horticulture often associated with rural production, and intimate, private or community city gardens. The locally particular and self-referential culture of horticulture in Bamberg and Bath helps to step outside eco-technical analyses which tend to evaluate urban food production for its contribution to food security or social cohension. Dan said: ‘it’s liberating to study urban food through a cultural lens, because it offers reflections of lived experiences – often locally unique and idiosynchratic. Rather than imposing a normative vision for the future city based on food security, we drew on historical contexts to trace rituals, instiutions, material representations and co-operations between urban gardeners. This allows us to argue that urban horticulture is often part of a long tradition which is changing all the time, not just a lost past or an “alternative” lifestyle.’
More information regarding the ‘Er Indoors conference can be found on the event’s webpage, including a provisional programme and registration details. The conference takes place on Saturday 23rd November.
More of Dan’s academic work can be accessed on the University of Gloucestershire’s Research Repository.